Tried the kalyway no luck as well as another cant remember the name though. I get the "still waiting for root device" error. I have tried the various switches withoutluck and the "disk" options at the boot prompt. not much luck. here are my specs. Thanks to all ahead of time.

2.0 GHz Mobile AMD SempronTM Processor 3300+ with PowerNow!TM Technology
1GB 333MHz DDR System Memory (2 Dimm), 15.4 WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) Display
ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M IGP, 24X DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
54gTM 802.11b/g WLAN with 125HSM(broadcom 43XX)